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Since end of war in 2020, 361 of our citizens have fallen victim to mine explosion - President Ilham Aliyev

Politics Materials 30 May 2024 11:37 (UTC +04:00)
Since end of war in 2020, 361 of our citizens have fallen victim to mine explosion - President Ilham Aliyev
Asif Mehman
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 30. Azerbaijan is bearing the brunt of a 30-year long conflict and occupation of its lands by Armenia, suffering from mine pollution problem and stands among the most mine-polluted countries of the world. According to initial estimates, roughly 12 percent of the country’s territory is polluted by 1.5 million mines and an unknown number of unexploded ordnances, said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in his address to the participants of the International Conference themed “Mitigating Environmental Impact of Landmines: Resource Mobilization for Safe and Green Future” held in the city of Zangilan, Trend reports.

“Since the end of the war in 2020, 361 of our citizens, mostly civilians, have fallen victim to mine explosion, resulting in 68 deaths and 293 severe injuries. Overall, since the beginning of Armenia’s aggression against Azerbaijan, over 3400 of our citizens have suffered from mines, including 358 children and 38 women. The steady increase in the number of mine victims is associated with Armenia’s refusal to provide the accurate maps of the mines it planted across Azerbaijan’s territory, and with placing booby traps along the roads, cemeteries, and other civilian facilities located behind the former line of contact,” the head of state emphasized.

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